In this stunning, fantastical debut novel from a bold new voice in the best-selling traditions of Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde, a ferryman for the dead finds his existence unraveling after making either the best decision or the biggest mistake of his immortal life.
Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people - somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that's as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie's pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life - that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the institute - but he never planned on the president secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie's not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it's the first time he's felt right in more than 200 years.
When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie's not about to lose the only living, breathing person he's ever saved without a fight. He's ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he's willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it.
Written in the same vein as best-selling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor.
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Narrator does not capture tone of the story
I would read Colin Gigl. I would not listen to another book by the narrator.
The sarcasm and the dark humor was great. It was an interesting take and a fresh story.
The narrator sounded like a sports announcer. None of it sounded genuine and it really colored the story for me. For an edgy book dealing with an extremely serious and tragic topic with humor, the sports announcer just didn't do it for me.
Don't listen to this book. Buy hard copy and read it yourself.
- Jessica Bell
slow start but suspenseful and captivating.
- alexandra garay